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Mike Mignola returns with his first new Hellboy collection since 2002's Conqueror Worm.

After leaving the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense, Hellboy's travels take him briefly to Africa, then for a two-year stint at the bottom of the ocean. An ancient witch doctor, a giant fish woman, and the keeper of the secret history of the universe force Hellboy to either accept his role in the coming apocalypse, or have that role stolen from him. Weird undersea creatures and talking lions populate this turning-point adventure, which reveals secrets buried since Hellboy's very creation.

This volume collects Harvey- and Eisner-award winner Mike Mignola's Hellboy series The Third Wish and The Island with over a dozen unused pages, and a new epilogue.

Review:

"Mignola's first collection in his popular Hellboy series (since the 2004 film based on it) features two odd, bleak fables. The first and more successful is 'The Third Wish,' in which the demonic hero has an enchanted nail driven into his skull and encounters an enormous talking fish who grants her own granddaughters' wishes with fatal consequences. In the process, Hellboy learns that he may be fated to bring about the end of the world. The ending is unremittingly dark, with all the surviving characters trapped by prophecies that have the crushing power of myth. Mignola admits in his notes that he struggled with 'The Island,' which has to do with 'the entire secret history of the world,' a dragon, some centuries-dead Crusaders and a bunch of Lovecraftian monsters, and ultimately it doesn't make a lot of sense. Fortunately, Mignola's moody, jagged, chiaroscuro-crazed artwork makes everything look lushly sinister and engaging, even when the story threatens to collapse into action scenes. Hellboy himself is a terrific contrast to his grim surroundings: a hard-boiled demon who shrugs off death itself with a 'yeah, yeah' and is convinced, against all the evidence, that he's one of the good guys." Publishers Weekly (Copyright © Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"Mignola's first collection in his popular Hellboy series (since the 2004 film based on it) features two odd, bleak fables. The first and more successful is 'The Third Wish,' in which the demonic hero has an enchanted nail driven into his skull and encounters an enormous talking fish who grants her own granddaughters' wishes with fatal consequences. In the process, Hellboy learns that he may be fated to bring about the end of the world. The ending is unremittingly dark, with all the surviving characters trapped by prophecies that have the crushing power of myth. Mignola admits in his notes that he struggled with 'The Island,' which has to do with 'the entire secret history of the world,' a dragon, some centuries-dead Crusaders and a bunch of Lovecraftian monsters, and ultimately it doesn't make a lot of sense. Fortunately, Mignola's moody, jagged, chiaroscuro-crazed artwork makes everything look lushly sinister and engaging, even when the story threatens to collapse into action scenes. Hellboy himself is a terrific contrast to his grim surroundings: a hard-boiled demon who shrugs off death itself with a 'yeah, yeah' and is convinced, against all the evidence, that he's one of the good guys." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"Mignola's potent mixture of dynamic though gloomy narrow-palette artwork and dialogue in which wisecracking Hellboy deflates the supernatural villains' windy portentousness makes both stories simultaneously scary and funny. Good to the last panel for horror fans." Booklist

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Strange Places is the first Mignola-drawn Hellboy collection in over three years.

With the 2004 release of Hellboy, the motion picture, Hellboy has become a media phenomenon! Look for production on the Hellboy sequel to begin in 2006!

Collecting isssues #1-2 of The Third Wish and The Island, plus new material.

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Ron Williams, February 13, 2010 (view all comments by Ron Williams)
Mike Mignola's Hellboy series is one of the best pieces of comics literature in the last 30 years. Mignola's artwork is highly original and superb, while the stories are inspired. Often retellings of classical fairy tales and mythology from around the world, Mignola's personal notes on the origination and inspiration of the stories and drawings adds a certain depth to the books that are often lacking in other graphic novels. This is not your average graphic novel, this is not the movie series, this is very exceptional art.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781593074753
Author:
Mignola, Mike
Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Subject:
Graphic Novels - General
Subject:
General
Subject:
Demonology
Subject:
Graphic Novels
Subject:
Hellboy (Fictitious character: Mignola)
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Dark Horse
Series:
Hellboy
Series Volume:
06
Publication Date:
April 26, 2006
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
152
Dimensions:
10.16x6.66x.28 in. .76 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Mignola's first collection in his popular Hellboy series (since the 2004 film based on it) features two odd, bleak fables. The first and more successful is 'The Third Wish,' in which the demonic hero has an enchanted nail driven into his skull and encounters an enormous talking fish who grants her own granddaughters' wishes with fatal consequences. In the process, Hellboy learns that he may be fated to bring about the end of the world. The ending is unremittingly dark, with all the surviving characters trapped by prophecies that have the crushing power of myth. Mignola admits in his notes that he struggled with 'The Island,' which has to do with 'the entire secret history of the world,' a dragon, some centuries-dead Crusaders and a bunch of Lovecraftian monsters, and ultimately it doesn't make a lot of sense. Fortunately, Mignola's moody, jagged, chiaroscuro-crazed artwork makes everything look lushly sinister and engaging, even when the story threatens to collapse into action scenes. Hellboy himself is a terrific contrast to his grim surroundings: a hard-boiled demon who shrugs off death itself with a 'yeah, yeah' and is convinced, against all the evidence, that he's one of the good guys." Publishers Weekly (Copyright © Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Mignola's first collection in his popular Hellboy series (since the 2004 film based on it) features two odd, bleak fables. The first and more successful is 'The Third Wish,' in which the demonic hero has an enchanted nail driven into his skull and encounters an enormous talking fish who grants her own granddaughters' wishes with fatal consequences. In the process, Hellboy learns that he may be fated to bring about the end of the world. The ending is unremittingly dark, with all the surviving characters trapped by prophecies that have the crushing power of myth. Mignola admits in his notes that he struggled with 'The Island,' which has to do with 'the entire secret history of the world,' a dragon, some centuries-dead Crusaders and a bunch of Lovecraftian monsters, and ultimately it doesn't make a lot of sense. Fortunately, Mignola's moody, jagged, chiaroscuro-crazed artwork makes everything look lushly sinister and engaging, even when the story threatens to collapse into action scenes. Hellboy himself is a terrific contrast to his grim surroundings: a hard-boiled demon who shrugs off death itself with a 'yeah, yeah' and is convinced, against all the evidence, that he's one of the good guys." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Mignola's potent mixture of dynamic though gloomy narrow-palette artwork and dialogue in which wisecracking Hellboy deflates the supernatural villains' windy portentousness makes both stories simultaneously scary and funny. Good to the last panel for horror fans."
"Synopsis" by , Strange Places is the first Mignola-drawn Hellboy collection in over three years.

With the 2004 release of Hellboy, the motion picture, Hellboy has become a media phenomenon! Look for production on the Hellboy sequel to begin in 2006!

Collecting isssues #1-2 of The Third Wish and The Island, plus new material.

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